Sihanoukville rose quickly as a hub for retail and online gambling, but COVID-19 and a strict political climate are causing changes.
Some 21 casinos in Cambodia's Sihanoukville area have requested permission to reopen but government health inspectors are slow in making the rounds.
Cambodia's casinos have been temporarily ordered to close to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus but staff fear for future if shutdown persists.
Donaco International says the ongoing closure of Thailand's border with Cambodia means it's shutting 'most' of the hotel at its Star Vegas casino in Poipet.
Cambodia’s online gambling ban is having economic ripple effects that go well beyond local casino operators.
Cambodian authorities will begin inspections of all casinos starting December 31 to ensure compliance with directive banning online gambling.
Chinese authorities hail the bust of a major Cambodia-based online gambling operation, pledge non-gaming funding to boost Sihanoukville economy.
The new casino has government ministers excited about the continued investment the region is seeing.
After being shut down in May, the Chinese casino hopes a new location might clear up some problems.
Cambodia's government warns that its plan to halt all online gambling activity by the end of 2019 will result in a significant tax hit to its 2020 budget.